Introduction to Alvin, Texas

Alvin, Texas, in Brazoria county, is 18 miles S of Pasadena, Texas and 24 miles S of Houston, Texas. The people of the city are in the Brazoria metropolitan area.

Alvin History

The area now known as Alvin was first settled in the mid 1800s. At this time, bull ranches were set up in the region. With the construction of the Santa Fe Railroad, settlements were established around it. The town was incorporated in the year 1893. During World War II, German POWs were held near this community. Alvin is the oldest incorporated communities in Brazoria county.

Alvin and nearby Attractions

  • Brazoria County Museum
  • Space Center Houston
  • Nolan Ryan Center
  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Bayou Wildlife Park
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center

Things To Do In Alvin

While in Alvin, one can visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, the Brazoria County Museum, the San Jacinto Monument and Museum and the Space Center Houston. The Nolan Ryan Center showcases exhibits featuring photos, videos and a hall of records. The Armand Bayou Nature Center, Galveston Island State Park and Hermann Park are among the other popular tourist destinations near the city of Alvin.

Alvin Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental Airport is nearby.

Alvin Higher Education

Alvin Community College is the local institution of higher education. San Jacinto College-South Campus, the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the San Jacinto College-Central Campus are also nearby.


Total Population 25,224
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 11,967
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,953
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,335
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,812


Median Family Income $53,801
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 23.8%
Median Gross Rent $796
Median House Value $107,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 8.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alvin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles S of Pasadena, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles S of Houston, Texas
County Brazoria
Standard Zip Codes 77511
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77512
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.423
Longitude -95.243

Alvin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALVIN
Distance 4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 60 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 82 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Friendswood 37,602 $110,900

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Alvin High Schools

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Serves 3,215 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

A Special Education School
A Title I School.
Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 3 students.

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